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Federal Legalization: The New MORE Act

HarrisBricken

Second verse, same as the first, a whole lot louder and a lot MORE woke. The House of Representatives passed the first version of the MORE Act at the end of 2020. The bill promptly died in the Republican-controlled Senate.

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Grammar Giggle – I’ll Explain This Best To My Ability!

ProofThatBlog

This was in a local breaking news post I received. I initially caught the “best to their ability” error–which should be “to the best of their ability”–and noticed that the last part of the last sentence could be rewritten to make much more sense.

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Germany passes law requiring corporate due diligence human rights, environment

JURIST

The German Parliament passed a law on Friday requiring large and medium-sized businesses to do their due diligence in combating human rights violations along their supply chain. The law introduces a shift to mandatory compliance with international norms on labor exploitation.

District of Idaho Notes That the Ninth Circuit Has Limited the Scope of Rule 704(b)

EvidenceProf Blog

Federal Rule of Evidence 704(b) states that In a criminal case, an expert witness must not state an opinion about whether the defendant did or did not have a mental state or condition that constitutes an element of the crime

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Process Serving Made Easy: Serve in All 50 States Using One Platform

Speaker: PROOF

PROOF has revolutionized service of process. Using our online platform, create serve requests nationwide and receive live updates with mapped verification of each attempt. PROOF’s technology provides users with complete transparency from start to finish.

MDMA and the FDA Approval Process

HarrisBricken

Excitement abounds about the status of MDMA, otherwise known as Ecstasy. And for good reason.

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Exonerated Defendants Lost 25,000 Years to Wrongful Imprisonment

The Crime Report

Exonerated defendants have collectively served over 25,000 years in prison as of June 1, according to a report released by The National Registry of Exonerations (NRE). Black defendants were imprisoned more frequently and for more time than white defendants, the report found.

Senate unanimously approves bill to make Juneteenth federal holiday

JURIST

The US Senate unanimously passed the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act Tuesday to commemorate the end of slavery in the US by establishing Juneteenth as a legal public holiday.

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The Mexican Senate Disappointed Us By Refusing to Consider Recreational Cannabis Legislation: Here’s What Cannabis Businesses Should Do Now

HarrisBricken

In my last post I reported the Mexican Senate’s refusal in its just-ended legislative session to address the Supreme Court’s 2018 directive to pass reforms legalizing recreational use of cannabis.

Wisconsin Student Accused Of Arson In Hoax Hate Crime

JonathanTurley

Viterbo University in Wisconsin has been the scene of protests for months over alleged hate crimes committed on campus. The police however has charged a student, Victoria Unanka, with what it says was a hoax hate crime involving the setting of a fire in her dormitory.

Wills, Trusts, and Estates: The Essentials of Wealth Management

Speaker: Vi Pham, Attorney at Law

Wealth management is a guaranteed practice: as paralegals, it's essential that you know the complexities of wealth management in order to ensure that your client's rights are protected to their fullest extent. Join Vi Pham, Attorney and educator, in this exclusive webinar that will leave you feeling brushed up and ready. This seminar meets the requirements of the NALA Certifying Board for continuing legal education credit required to maintain the CP (Certified Paralegal) credential.

Four most asked questions about probate

LDA PRO

Probate involves locating a decedent’s assets, determining its value, paying the dues through the estate funds, and distributing the remaining property among the rightful beneficiaries. The procedure might seem easy and effortless, but in reality, it is both complex and time-taking.

Federal appeals court upholds decision striking down North Carolina abortion restrictions

JURIST

The US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit on Wednesday upheld a lower court’s decision to strike down North Carolina’s statewide abortion restrictions. For the past 140 years, North Carolina has criminalized the “procurement or administration of abortion as a felony.”

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Chile’s New Constitution: An Opportunity for Cannabis?

HarrisBricken

This past May 15 and 16, Chile elected a constitutional convention, tasked with drafting a new basic law for the South American country. Cannabis observers should take note, as the resulting document could have positive implications for cannabis.

Fairfax Board Member Rails Against The Dangers Of “Excessive Individualism” In High School Graduation Speech

JonathanTurley

There has been a great deal of controversy over the graduation address of Fairfax County school board member Abrar Omeish to the Justice High School in Falls Church on June 7th.

“A Breyer retirement could help depoliticize the Supreme Court”

HowAppealing

“A Breyer retirement could help depoliticize the Supreme Court”: The Los Angeles Times has published this editorial

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Climate activists challenge Norway’s Arctic oil plans in Europe rights court

JURIST

A group of Norwegian climate activists on Tuesday formally requested that the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) review Norway’s plans for expanded Arctic oil and gas extraction, arguing that their “rights to life and private and family life are directly affected by climate change.”

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California Cannabis Tenant Improvements: Top 7 Issues

HarrisBricken

Every single business that wants a cannabis license in California needs to buy or lease property, because licenses are tied to properties.

“Discrimination at the Hands of their Government”: Another Federal Court Has Halted a Federal Relief Program As Racially Discriminatory

JonathanTurley

(Official White House Photo/Adam Schultz). President Joe Biden is facing an embarrassing and growing problem as he continues to declare his focus on ending racial discrimination: another federal court appears close to ruling that his Administration is engaging in raw racial discrimination.

“A National Injunction Setback for the Biden Administration”

HowAppealing

“A National Injunction Setback for the Biden Administration”: Samuel Bray has this post at “The Volokh Conspiracy ”

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Federal judge blocks Biden administration’s pause on oil and gas leases

JURIST

A judge for the US District Court for the Western District of Louisiana ruled Tuesday that the Biden administration does not have the constitutional right to temporarily pause issuing new oil and natural gas leases for offshore and public lands.

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Harris Bricken Attorneys on Psychedelic M&A Trends Panel

HarrisBricken

Register HERE ! The path forward for psychedelics will not mirror that of cannabis, although one similarity may be rapid industry growth. A byproduct of that growth will be mergers and acquisitions.

‘Zero-Tolerance’ Policies on Homeless Draw Criticism from Advocates

The Crime Report

Are efforts to help the homeless by diverting them to mental health services doing more harm than good? Over the weekend, several advocacy organizations based in Venice, Ca.,

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“The Truth Teller of the Supreme Court”

HowAppealing

“The Truth Teller of the Supreme Court”: Columnist Linda Greenhouse has this essay online at The New York Times

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Louisiana governor signs bill eliminating jail time for possession of marijuana

JURIST

Louisiana governor John Bel Edwards signed a new law on Tuesday that eliminates prison time for the possession of modest amounts of marijuana. The new law is the latest move away from Louisiana’s traditionally strict stance on the drug.

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Guest Post by Prof. Contreras: Shepardizing Patents

PatentlyO

Shepardizing Patents , a guest post by Professor Jorge L. Contreras. A Patent Information Experiment. On Saturday, June 12, I did a little experiment to see what information I could find about patents that I knew to have been challenged. I first searched for U.S. Patent No.

Racial Disparities Persist in Youth Justice System: Panel

The Crime Report

While juvenile incarcerated populations have dropped by about 60 percent in the past 20 years, racial disparities persist in the youth justice system, says a panel of scholars and experts.

“Obamacare’s Win at the Supreme Court Is Even Bigger Than it Appears”

HowAppealing

“Obamacare’s Win at the Supreme Court Is Even Bigger Than it Appears”: Mark Joseph Stern has this jurisprudence essay online at Slate

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Texas governor signs bill prohibiting teaching critical race theory in public schools

JURIST

Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed HB 3979 into law Wednesday, banning Texas public schools from being able to teach students critical race theory.

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Indianapolis Police Officer Sues NFL For Defamation in Anti-Racism Campaign

JonathanTurley

Screenshot from federal complaint.

Court limits new trials for people with felon-in-possession convictions

SCOTUSBlog

Share A defendant convicted of being a felon-in-possession of a firearm under 18 U.S.C. § 922(g) after the Supreme Court’s 2019 decision in Rehaif v.